ROCKLEDGE, Florida – Brevard Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that the entire campus of Golfview Elementary Magnet School in Rockledge, Florida will be closed until September 14, 20202, due to COVID-19.
“After further deliberation, in consultation with the Brevard Department of Health, Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins has determined it necessary to extend the closure of Golfview Elementary Magnet School’s campus until Monday, September 14th, to allow additional time for those impacted by COVID-19 to make a full recovery and to prevent further spread of the virus,” Brevard Public Schools stated in a release.
“All brick and mortar students will remain eLearning from home until September 14. Families are being notified of the extended closure today and should NOT have their child attend school this week.”
A three-day closure was initiated by the Superintendent on September 1st as a result of multiple cases of coronavirus.
School and district leaders believe they have been able to trace the number of cases to the initially-diagnosed individuals and are hopeful the spread has been contained.
The situation will continue to monitored to identify any additional (related and unrelated) cases and will reassess at the end of the week to determine if a longer closure period is necessary, but as of now, the school is expected to return to normal operations on Monday, September 14th.
The closure affects all school programming. There will be no bus service or before- and after- school care through Friday, September 11th.
The district will be providing continuity of feeding for students during the closure. Daily meal packets consisting of one breakfast and one lunch per student can be picked up in the car loop between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, beginning Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, September 11th.
BPS said that the school staff is working to distribute devices to those students in need.
Essential staff including office, custodial, cafeteria, and aftercare employees will report to work on Tuesday, September 8th, along with instructional staff who will conduct eLearning from their classrooms.
During the initial 3-day closure, a custodial team with support from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety conducted a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the entire school.
The DOH has notified all families of children who were in close contact with individuals confirmed positive and have requested they quarantine for 14 days.
Students/families who DID NOT receive a letter from the DOH were NOT found to have close interaction with individuals confirmed positive and therefore do not need to quarantine.
Families and staff are being asked to continue to conduct daily temperature scans and monitor their health for any signs of potential illness.